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1980’s SHOWDOWN: Pontiac Fiero vs Toyota MR2

The 1970's and 80's were chock full of those wonderful, wedge-shaped sports cars such as the Triumph TR7, Fiat X1/9 and more. But in the American sales market, two models stood head and shoulders above the rest; Pontiac's Fiero and the MR2 from Toyota.

Rebuilding My Totally-Not-Collectible Mustang, Part 5

Along with the 1974 and 1981 models, the 1980 Mustang is arguably the least desirable of any Ford pony car ever built and is certainly not worth the money and effort for a restoration. But the car has tremendous sentimental value for my family.

SHORT TRACK: An Homage to a Forgotten Series

Hard to believe it's been nearly 20 years since the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) ran exciting, wheel to wheel stock car races on short tracks around Indiana. This series was distinct from and should not be confused with today's southeastern CARS series that descended from the old Hooters ProCup series.

1922 INDY 500: Two Boys, a Train and the Making of a Race Fan

In the spring of 1922, Alton Hartley was a college student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He and a friend decided they wanted to attend the 10th International 500 Mile Sweepstakes, as the race was then known, on Tuesday, May 30.

Driver Ego: The Key to Building a Successful Racing Series

The easiest way to increase car count in short track racing and amateur road racing is to keep your drivers happy. Really happy. Fortunately, there is a very effective and affordable way to do that.

INDYCAR: What’s Missing at St Pete’s Season Opener

Qualifying for an Indycar race is no longer considered an accomplishment of any value in the auto racing world. Of course, qualifying well is still valued. But qualifying itself is not, because every team that shows up automatically makes the race.

GHOST TRACKS: Revisiting Indiana’s Armscamp Speedway

“No Trespassing” signs were everywhere. I had taken a wonderful 90-minute ride on my Triumph Bonneville to see the old race track and I didn't want to go home empty-handed. It took half an hour to find someone who assured me that I could take a few quick photos of the former Armscamp Speedway in Alexandria, Indiana.

Are Grid Girls the Next Casualties in the War for Political Correctness?

It was early 2015 when the World Endurance Championships (WEC) got rid of them, and Formula 1 may be next. Director Ross Brawn of Liberty Media, the new controlling group of Formula 1, recently said that the tradition of grid girls is being reconsidered.

What November 18th Means for Sports Car Racing

Stephen Cox Blog Presented by McGunegill Engine Performance As racers and motorsports enthusiasts, most of us like to keep our ear to the ground about...

This Will Bring Fans Back to the Races

The past few years have brought every gimmick imaginable to auto racing. NASCAR holds races that three people can win. The ever-changing playoff system (a gimmick in itself) functions like an automotive version of musical chairs.

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